Pelvic Floor Therapy for Prolapse

Your pelvic floor muscles are not visible, and you may not even be aware of their existence, but they serve a very important purpose — they hold your bladder, uterus, and rectum in place. Like all muscles, they can be stretched, strained, and torn, and when that happens, those organs can slip out of place. 

At Advanced Women’s Healthcare, our team wants your organs to remain exactly where they should be. Depending on your situation, we may recommend you see our licensed physical therapist, Stephanie M. Rutherford, PT, MPT, who has specialized training in pelvic floor conditions, including prolapse

Pelvic organ prolapse

You may be wondering how your pelvic floor muscles can become stretched to the point they no longer hold your organs. Several factors can contribute to prolapse, including: 

Symptoms of prolapse

Your symptoms depend in part on which organ has slipped out of place. Generally, if you can see or feel a bulge in your vagina, you leak urine, things feel weird during sex, or you just feel like something is out of place, you should talk to your doctor, especially if you have one or more of the risk factors listed above. 

How physical therapy helps

Most everyone has heard of Kegel exercises, and that is the most-often cited exercise in conversations and research about using physical therapy to help with the symptoms of prolapse. However, even though you’ve heard of Kegel exercises, you may not be doing them correctly. 

In addition to helping you understand how, how often and how many Kegel exercises you should be doing, Stephanie may suggest other exercises to strengthen your abdominal muscles and your lower back. Often referred to as your core, these muscles help support your pelvic floor muscles. 

Most often, the exercises you learn to strengthen your core aren’t typical abdominal exercises. Crunches and sit-ups may actually make your problem worse! This is one reason it’s important to work with a professional who’s trained in pelvic floor issues. 

Physical therapy doesn’t work instantly, because it takes time to build strength. However, for many women, physical therapy is effective. It can often reduce symptoms, prevent the condition from worsening, and may mean you don’t need surgery. 

If you’d like to learn more about your risk of prolapse, what symptoms to watch for, or what kinds of treatment options are available, book an appointment at Advanced Women’s Healthcare. Our staff is happy to answer your questions in the specific context of your situation.

You Might Also Enjoy...

5 Signs of PCOS

PCOS, or polycystic ovary syndrome, is a relatively common condition among women between the ages of 15 and 44. It’s a lifelong condition with wide-ranging health implications. If you have these five signs of PCOS, you should talk to your doctor.

Is Leaking Urine Normal?

Urinary incontinence is a common problem, especially among women. However, just because it’s common doesn’t make it something you need to live with. There are treatments that can help.

Common Causes of Infertility

Infertility is the inability to conceive and carry a pregnancy to term. In the past, infertility was considered a female problem, but today we know that men and women are equally likely to have fertility issues. Here are the most common causes.

Does an Abnormal Pap Smear Mean Cancer?

Getting an abnormal result on a diagnostic test can be disconcerting. But does an abnormal result on a Pap test mean that you have cancer? Read on to learn more about what your test results mean for you.

Choosing the Right Birth Control for You

If you need birth control, you have more options than you likely realize. However, that can be a problem if you aren’t sure which one might be best for you. This post may help you decide.